Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth. Recent studies have shown an association between gum disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. The dental care team of Creekside Dentistry in Amherst exercise prevention, diagnosis, and prompt treatment of gum diseases and other periodontal concerns to promote patient health and well-being. Maintaining healthy gums not only supports your best overall health but also prevents the risk of tooth loss.
What Causes Gum Disease?
The leading cause of gum disease is the build-up of plaque. Other contributing factors may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes (pregnancy or menopause), or poor nutrition.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
How To Prevent Gum Disease
Regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning will allow for the removal of plaque and tartar build-up before it causes gum irritation and disease. During routine visits, we carefully screen for any signs of gum disease because, if caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and reversible. We also provide education on proper at home oral hygiene so you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.